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  • May 19, 2009

The UMCOR Hotline

In Today's Hotline:

*MOZAMBIQUE: Health Education and Training

*SAGER BROWN: Helping Communities in Home Repair

*BURUNDI: Alleviating Hunger

*SOUTH AFRICA: Providing Refuge


UMCOR Health is providing general health and HIV/AIDS education and training through the Center of Hope Community Health and HIV/AIDS project, a program of the Chicuque Rural United Methodist Hospital. The program will benefit more than 100,000 people in the Maxixe District in Mozambique.

UMCOR will train 10 community health promoters to assist 21 satellite community health workers to identify and mobilize people with AIDS for anti-retroviral treatment or tuberculosis treatment services. UMCOR will support a community-wide HIV/AIDS awareness campaign, promote safe motherhood education and provide pre and post marital counseling.

Center of Hope was established in 2008 through the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund to support the health needs of the most vulnerable. Please give generously to the UM Global AIDS Fund, UMCOR Advance # 982345. Online Giving


Volunteers working at UMCOR’s Sager Brown campus in Baldwin, La., do more than prepare emergency relief kits, they help their community with home repairs.

Sager Brown volunteers helped Bobbie, a Louisiana resident who after colon cancer surgery had to use a walker. Bobbie’s doorway was too narrow to accommodate her walker, so the volunteers brought tools and materials and widened her doorway. The volunteers also replaced her front door.

Barbara Snell, who directs of outreach ministries at UMCOR Sager Brown says there are approximately 80 applications from people in the community who are requesting home repairs—demonstrating a strong need in the Sager Brown community in addition to kit ministry that reaches around the world.

Support UMCOR Sager Brown Depot by giving to Material Resources, UMCOR Advance #901440. Online Giving


In East Africa, a three-year drought has affected the once fertile land of Burundi which produced high amounts of beans and sorghum for the entire country. Food shortages have resulted across the Kirundo and Muyinga provinces forcing residents in Kirundo to live on leaves and roots to survive.

UMCOR is responding with an emergency grant to the East Africa Annual Conference. They will distribute food and supplies to support the needs of 6,000 Burundi people. Rice, maize flour, beans, cooking oil, salt and more will be distributed to those who are most vulnerable.

Burundi is one of the ten poorest countries in the world. Support UMCOR in providing emergency food to famine-stricken homes in Burundi by giving to International Disaster Relief, UMCOR Advance #982450. Online Giving


Hundreds of children displaced by social and political violence in Zimbabwe are finding refuge at the UMCOR-supported Central Methodist Mission in Johannesburg, South Africa.

With assistance from UMCOR, Central Methodist Mission provides daily meals and education to about 420 refugee children living at the Mission and attending the Albert Street School. UMCOR supports teacher salaries and helps maintain utility costs incurred by the Mission and the school.

About 2,000 refugees reside at Central Methodist Mission and several unaccompanied minor children, as young as seven years old arrive daily looking for food, a safe place to sleep, clothing and counseling. You can help Central Methodist Mission continue to be a place of refuge for hundreds of Zimbabweans seeking safety there. Give to South Africa Relief and Development, UMCOR Advance #3020999. Online Giving

UMCOR provides emergency relief in many areas of the world. To find out more about UMCOR's ministries, please visit You can donate to any project by placing a contribution in the offering plate at a local United Methodist church; by sending a check to UMCOR, PO Box 9068, New York, NY 10087-9068; or by calling 1-800-554-8583, where credit card donations are accepted. You can also give online by clicking on any of the "Give Now" links. UMCOR is exempt from tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of the United States and qualifies for the maximum charitable contribution deduction by donors.

And, please pray for those who are hungry, displaced, sick or in poverty because of these and other natural and human-made disasters, and for the workers who minister to them.

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